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Hi I'm Mike Christensen

I'm a songwriter, Army veteran, and a businessman. I have a lovely wife and 3 amazing children. I love my church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a member of the Church in Arizona. I was born into a large family strong in the Gospel. In my early adult life I became inactive while focusing on Army service and pursuing life as the front man of a successful little rock band. But I had no real direction. I spent a lot of time in bad environments. I made a lot of poor decisions. I burned a lot of bridges. Then I met a girl. She sparked something inside of me. It didn't take long to know she was the one. I didn't change overnight and she had to struggle through the ups and downs of me finding my way, but through it all she stayed with me. She gave me 3 absolutely amazing kids. She's my best friend. I will never stop writing love songs to her. Today, I am a very faithful member of the Church and my testimony is rock-solid. I have a very successful career in advertising. I love spending time with family. I've really learned to love to serve. I still love to write music and perform. I love sports and fitness. I love to read. I love to cook. I love to travel. I actually enjoy yard work. I love the great outdoors. It's taken a lot of work but I am blessed to have a wonderful life.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into a family strong in the Gospel, I fell away. I used to think faithful members were naive to the real world. I thought I understood what the Church meant. I consider myself a convert because I realized I had to re-learn the Gospel at the most fundamental level. I had to understand what it meant to pray with real intent. I had to be diligent through the process of repentance. I had to learn to really listen to the promptings of the Spirit. Most importantly, I realized that I could only ever really gain a testimony by becoming a living witness of the Atonement in action. For those reading this I can tell you without hesitation - I KNOW the Gospel is true. I have had so many moments of crystal clarity that have summed up the countless subtleties, 'coincidences', and seemingly-insignificant events in this big jigsaw puzzle called life. These are not lightning bolts or earth-shaking signs sent from on high. These have been answers given through feelings, counsel, and in many cases Priesthood blessings. To deny these would be to deny that God exists. For any out there who really question if the Gospel or Book of Mormon is really true, don't take my word for it. There is only one very simple way to really know. Pray...I mean really pray. Start to read the Book of Mormon. Then pray again. This is how MILLIONS of people have been given their answer, not from man, but from a loving Heavenly Father that is waiting for you to ask Him. I love this Church. It has completely changed my perspective on what I need to do in life. It's not about cool, or strict rules, or out-of-date beliefs. It's about the peace and freedom that comes from seeking simple truths and the regular people that are finding their way. It's about a Savior who suffered unimaginably, so that we imperfect beings wouldn't have to. No doubt about it, I am a devout Christian. I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am the Music Chairman of the ward. I lead the music in Sacrament meeting, I lead music in Primary, I do music time in the nursery. And until recently, I was the Ward Choir Director. While I am far from classicly trained in music, its been a lot of fun as well as a humbling learning experience. I actually have grown very close to so many members of my congregation. I genuinely enjoy opportunities I have to serve them in whatever capacity I can. It is through service that I get to learn more about the true meaning of charity, one of the greatest virtues of Jesus Christ's ministry. I am so proud to be part of a faith that puts such high importance in service. I didn't serve a mission and it truly is one of the biggest regrets of my life. But I think through that regret I have developed a hunger to learn more doctrine however I can. I really make an effort to pray and read scriptures morning and night. I have also found great perspective reading books like Jesus the Christ and the Miracle of Forgiveness. There are so many books written by Church scholars and authorities that we have endless resources to learn more about the Gospel. Often times I will read with my ears. By downloading audio files of scripture and talks from General Conference, I can have a great way to expose myself to more opportunities to study the Gospel. This is especially true during my hour-long commute each way to work and back. I hope that through my genuine desire to learn more, which was virtually non-existent for 30+ years, that I can be a better example to my children. If nothing else, I want my legacy to them to be one of a firm foundation of faithful learning and service as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.